Namibian Creative Writing Weekend

Date: 1-2 October 2011

Venue: The Language Studio, 22 Mose Tjitedero str., Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia

Time: 09h00 – 15h00

Cost: R1500 for Travel Writing on 1 October 2011
R1500 for Masterclass in Fiction Writing on 2 October 2011

Each course includes tuition, exercises, a workshop manual, a snack, refreshments and lunch.
Course excludes flights and accommodation.
Award-winning writer Isabella Morris will lead participants through two exciting workshops:

1. Travel Writing Workshop.
2. Master Class in Fiction Writing which includes: Creating Characters with Emotional Depth, Multi-cultural writing, Sex-writing in Fiction, and Turning Notebook Scribbles into Stories.
During the course participants will engage in exercises that will encourage them to explore their writing in new ways. The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in improving their writing and is keen to engage in experiments in telling.

Info & Bookings: Please contact Isabella Morris at or +27722084357
Bookings close 20 September 2011.

Residency in Sweden

Pro Helvetia Cape Town, the Swiss Arts Council, invites applications from Southern African arts practitioners (including curators, event organisers, and mediators) from all disciplines (Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Music, Literature) for studio and research residencies in Switzerland in 2011/12.

Studio residencies are up to three months long and give practitioners the chance to gain a broad insight into a different cultural environment. During this time, they can find inspiration, establish networks and make their work known in a new context, without being under any professional obligations. Research residencies, generally four weeks in duration, enable practitioners to carry out research in Switzerland. The aim of the residency is to prepare a project.

In both instances, Pro Helvetia will provide a specialist in the field to support the artist in residence. Pro Helvetia also covers the costs of travel, insurance, accommodation and per diem expenses.

Applicants should have a convincing track record, having produced artistic work on a public platform for at least three years, and adequate English or German language skills. Pro Helvetia Cape Town will be able to approve 4 or 5 applications for studio residencies under this call.

For studio residencies, applications must be submitted - in English - on or before 1 February 2011 at Applications for research residencies may be submitted via at any time up to three months before the start of the trip. Application forms are also available, upon request from or on +27 21 465 9033.

For more information about Pro Helvetia, its residency programme and previous artists in residence, visit


Residency in Iceland

Snorri Sturlusson Icelandic Fellowship

The Department of Europe and Americas is in receipt of an invitation through our Embassy in Sweden, from the Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies in Iceland to the above mentioned.

The fellowships are granted to writers, translators and scholars outside Iceland in the field of humanities, to enable them to stay in Iceland for at least three months in order to improve their knowledge of the Icelandic language, culture and society.

The Department, therefore, saw it fit to generate interest to their esteemed Association and encourage you to apply for the fellowship.

The fellowship is for people wishing to stay in Iceland for up to three months to study the language, culture and society. It covers travel and living expenses. At the end of the fellowship fellows are expected to submit a report. The fellowship is awarded once per year. There is no special application form. Prospective fellows should submit a brief but detailed account of what they intend to do in Iceland as well as details of education and publications.

Please note that application deadline is 31 October 2010 and all applications should be sent by post, no emails will be accepted. The Department acknowledges that it is rather short notice, but trust that you will take up the offer. Send to the Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies, Sigurour Nordal's office, PO Box 1220 , 121 Reykjavik.
(Note this is an annual residency)